Category Archives: Reading order

Some book seriess are really long and it gets difficult to know which is the proper order to read them. Sometimes there are prequels, other times the publishing dates makes are not in chronological order…  all this makes us confused, wondering what is the best order to read certain saga. As a result, we may even give up trying to start reading new series. It’s time to stop that, if you want to know the proper reading order just check here!

This category is pretty simple and straight forward.  If you want to know the best order to read a certain saga just stay tuned.

Smuggled book review

Smuggled book review

It’s time for my review of the book Smuggle by author Angela Karanja, a thriller full of suspense that deals with the issue of child trafficking.

Here is the cover, which sums up perfectly what this story is about:

What is it about?

This is the story of a 14 year old Kenyan girl named Tuliana, her life changes drastically when, without knowing why, she ends up on a plane with other teenagers and they end up arriving in the UK.

There her nightmare will begin, she will end up in several houses where she will be treated as if she were a slave.

Luckily for Tuliana, a friend of hers, Jonathan (who happens to be the son of a diplomat), embarks on a quest to find her and save her. However, such a decision will have important consequences for him?

What did I think of Smuggle?

Smuggle sheds some light on such a lurid subject as child trafficking. It is a story that has a very hard background as is the trafficking of human beings and that, however, it is necessary to know in order to be able to face such an affront to the rights and freedoms.

It is a fairly brief narration that is full of tense moments, it is a thriller where you can see the cruelest side of the human being and has a strong message to fight against this type of injustice.

Tuliana and Jonathan are characters that you easily connect with and without a doubt the way Smuggle is written makes you as a reader feel part of their story. The dialogues are believable and coherent as the main characters happen to be young teenagers, which is a good approach in my opinion.

All in all, a book that denounces the injustice in the world through a captivating story full of suspenseful moments, believable characters, and a very well-paced plot.

Don’t miss our last post, the difference between the Aes Sedai and the Confessors.

Have you read this book? leave a comment and tell me what you thought of it.

difference aes sedai and confessors

Difference between Aes Sedai and Confessors

If you are familiar with both TWOT and TSOT you might be wondering if there’s any difference between the Aes Sedai and the Confessors. True, they look very similar, but are they just exactly the same religious organization with a different name? let’s find out.

Before we begin, and just so we can have some context. The first book in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, The Eye of the World, was published in 1990 while Terry Goodkind’s debut was 4 years later, with Wizard’s First Rule.

Similarities and differences between Aes Sedai and Confessors

Let’s see how different, or similar, these two are:

An all women’s religious organization with magical power

This might be the most obvious similarity. Both orders of women happen to have such a great influence in both society and politics that they are even able to change the fate of the world. There’s no denying that both organizations are similar, however, the way they were created is not exactly.

Aes Sedai
Aes Sedai

While there are no many differences between the Aes Sedai and the Confessors as an organization, it might be worth mentioning that we have seen this kind of all-women heavily influential organization before. This is something science fiction fans have seen way earlier, for example, the Dune series by Frank Herbert (the first novel, Dune, was written in 1965, 25 years before Jordan’s debut) tells us about the Bene Gesserit, a sisterhood with magical (or physical abilities) with great influence in politics.

Similarly, Robert Jordan said he was inspired by an Irish myth, the Aos Sidhi, to create the Aes Sedai.

Their origins

In the case of the Confessors, they were created by a man who happens to be the one who also created some of the most powerful magics in his world (wizard Merrit). It was Magda Searus who volunteered to be experimented so as to gain this magical ability. This means they are a result of an experiment.

Aes Sedai has been able to channel since the very beginning.

Before we keep going, don’t miss this list of books like Mistborn!

The source of their power

Aes Sedai can channel the One Power, and for this, they need to learn speel weaving, which is complex, and dangerous

When it comes to the Confessors, the source of their abilities comes from love itself. This is why, by inspiring even the smallest spark of love in someone, they will be able to control them with a mere touch.

Becoming one of them

The way you become an Aes Sedai and a Confessor is different. Aside from being a woman, which both organizations agree it’s a must, there are some differences:

In order to become an Aes Sedai you must be recruited. That is, women of appropriate age who are both able to channel and willing to learn will be able to start their training.

For becoming a confessor, you must be born from a confessor.

The reason why there are no males among them

There’s actually little difference between the Aes Sedai and the Confessors in terms of why there are no men among them:

aes sedai vs confessors
aes sedai vs confessors

Male confessors exist or, rather, can exist. As said before, children born from a confessor woman are also born with the same power, and this applies either to boys and girls. In fact, males need no recovery time once using their magical abilities.

The reason why there are no male Confessors is that they are killed at birth. This is said to be because in past times some male confessors abused their power, seemingly they caused chaos throughout the New World, so this drastic measure is done to avoid risking this happening again.

Aes Sedai has a similar belief, during the Age of Legends (the Second Age) there were both male and women Aes Sedai, however, male channelers usually became mad (particularly in what is known as the Breaking of the World).

Because of this, during the Third Age, no man is able to join the Aes Sedai, and the Red Ajah is in charge of gentling men. No, this is not what it seems to be. Gentling is another term for severing when used on men, a technique with which the Aes Sedai are able to prevent these channeler men to resort to the powers of the One Power.

The way their magic works is different

Weaving is not only hard but dangerous. Some of the gestures required to channel the One Power in the most advanced and powerful ways are extremely complicated, this is why Aes Sedai are usually conservative, not being much into innovation due to its many risks.

While casting spells is not so complex for Confessors, the main problem for them resides in restraining their power. They must learn to hold their powers from a very young age because unleashing it could result in fatal consequences.

Their dressing code

Confessors are quite straightforward in their dress code, you must wear a black dress with a square neckline. Period. Unless you happen to be the Mother Confessor, who wears white instead.

Aes Sedai have a different taste, and they prefer colors. Each of the seven Ajahs is represented by a different color (blue, yellow, gray, brown, white, green, or red). While not mandatory, the sisters from each division usually wear clothes in the color of their Ajah. This is why Moraine, of the Blue Ajah, is often depicted with blue clothes.

Differences between Confessors and Aes Sedai
Differences between Confessors and Aes Sedai

The drawbacks of their magic

One of the differences between the Confessors and the Aes Sedai is the drawbacks of their magical system. Confessors must pay a price for using their magic, once they have called upon their magical abilities they feel extremely weak, so they need some time to get recovered.

When it comes to weaving, it seems that using weaving spells has no consequence to the Aes Sedai’s stamina.

Are the differences between the Aes Sedai and the Confessors enough for you?

You can tell that there are many similar things between both organizations. But, being far, they are not exactly the same. Terry Goodkind’s work (by the way don’t miss this post with The Sword of Truth books in order) and Jordan’s have many similarities: a reluctant hero, nameless evil gods… but, aren’t these present in most of the fantasy books?

Let’s not forget what Terry Goodkind had to say when he was asked about the similarities between his work and Robert Jordan’s in this USA Today interview:

Haddonfield, NJ: Second Question – I’ve noticed similarities between your Sword of Truth series and Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series…(Black Sisterhood vs. Black Ajah; The Order vs. The Seanchan; Richard vs. Rand both discovering their powers, both have Nameless evil Gods…etc.) I’ve often voiced my suspicion that these two series might be occurring on the same world…how crazy am I?

Terry Goodkind: If you notice a similarity, then you probably aren’t old enough to read my books.

Quite a peculiar answer to say the least, don’t you think?

So, do you think that these two organizations are too much alike? do you know any other similarities or differences between the Aes Sedai and the Confessors? we are willing to know! so leave a comment and tell us!

Dirk pitt books in order

Dirk Pitt novels in order – Clive Cussler

We collected all the Dirk Pitt books in order, the famous adventure series written by author Clive Cussler. Since 2004 new releases in this series have been written by his son, Dirk, who gave the name to the main character in these stories.

Should you read Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt novels in order of publication, or is there a better approach? that’s a good question! let’s find it out

Dirk Pitt books in order by Clive Cussler

We recommend you read the Dirk Pitt adventure series in chronological order. This series is composed of 26 novels (the first 17 written by Clive Cussler, then his son Dirk):

There are many Dirk Pitt book sets, the following ones collect 4,8, and 16 novels respectively (so far there’s no set that collects all the books in the Dirk Pitt series, not even the ones written by Clive Cussler):

The first novel was published in 1973, and because of this, there are many different covers for these books. We like the new ones better, they look cooler and way more modern, maybe you love the classic ones? leave a comment and tell us which style you fancy the most.

Now that you know the order of the Dirk Pitt books don’t miss these novels

Still seeking more adventure? great, because we have 3 great suggestions. Once you have read all the Dirk Pitt novels in order you can start reading these other series:

While it’s true that Clive Cussler is best known for the Dirk Pitt series, he has written many other works. Our first recommendation is the first novel in The NUMA Files series, which tells us about Kurt Austin, a team leader in NUMA’s special division.

If you are looking for adventure then don’t miss the Jack Reacher series, a bestselling thriller with top-notch action.

Also, don’t miss our post with the Harry Hole series in order, you’ll really find this series incredibly entertaining as well.

What are these books about?

dirk pitt novels in order
Dirk Pitt novels in order

The Dirk Pitt books tell us about the adventures lived by the character of the same name. A former major in the military, now working for an underwater marine agency, he’s witty, a leader, and risky situations won’t prevent him from being humorous. His stories are full of perils, and there’s a lot of escapism.

The plot of all the books in the series has a similar structure: there’s an evil guy (usually a delirious despot) who is willing to change the world forever. However, Dirk and his friends will deal with him to make our world a safe place again… or at least, until the next book in the series.

The novels in the Dirk Pitt series are self-conclusive. However, we believe it’s better that you read the Dirk Pitt adventure series in chronological order. This is the best approach since the novels reference events from the previous books. Because of this, you should start with Pacific Vortex, which was published in 1983. You might have frowned upon this because earlier in this post we stated that this series began in 1973, which is true. Thing is, while Vortex was the first novel in the series Clive Cussler wrote, it was not released until a decade later. This is because the author believed it was not as good as his subsequent works, therefore he decided not to publish it.

Because of this, lots of fan of the series believe the first novel in the series to be far from being his best work. However, we encourage you to start reading it, you’ll see it’s a great introduction to these adventures.

A list of all the Dirk Pitt books in order

What better way to end this post than with a list of the Dirk Pitt adventure series in order? here you have all the books author Clive Cussler and his son Dirk Cussler have written:

Dirk Pitt books in order

Dirk Pitt – Clive Cussler

Ingredients

  • Bantam

Instructions

  • Pacific Vortex (Dirk Pitt book 1)
  • The Mediterranean Carper (Dirk Pitt book 2)
  • Iceberg (Dirk Pitt book 3)
  • Raise the Titanic (Dirk Pitt book 4)
  • Vixen 03 (Dirk Pitt book 5)
  • Night Probe! (Dirk Pitt book 6)
  • Deep Six (Dirk Pitt book 7)
  • Cyclops  (Dirk Pitt book 8)
  • Treasure  (Dirk Pitt book 9)
  • Dragon  (Dirk Pitt book 10)
  • Sahara  (Dirk Pitt book 11)
  • Inca Gold  (Dirk Pitt book 12)
  • Shock Wave  (Dirk Pitt book 13)
  • Flood Tide  (Dirk Pitt book 14)
  • Atlantis Found  (Dirk Pitt book 15)
  • Valhalla Rising  (Dirk Pitt book 16)
  • Trojan Odyssey  (Dirk Pitt book 17)
  • Black Wind  (Dirk Pitt book 18)
  • Treasure of Khan  (Dirk Pitt book 19)
  • Arctic Drift  (Dirk Pitt book 20)
  • Crescent Dawn  (Dirk Pitt book 21)
  • Poseidon’s Arrow  (Dirk Pitt book 22)
  • Havana Storm  (Dirk Pitt book 23)
  • Odessa Sea  (Dirk Pitt book 24)
  • Celtic Empire  (Dirk Pitt book 25)
  • Clive Cussler’s The Devil’s Sea  (Dirk Pitt book 26)

These novels have no sex scenes, foul language, or anything nasty. They are targeted to an adult audience, however, teenagers older than 14 years old might find this series enthralling. Also, did you know that there have been two movie adaptations? in the first movie, this witty character was portrayed by Richard Jordan while in the second one it was Matthew McConaughey.

Do you happen to enjoy cozy mysteries? if that’s the case here’s the Miss Julia series in order, you’ll be enthralled by her adventures!

We hope you really enjoy these novels! We are curious, will you read the Dirk Pitt books in order as we suggested or will you just cherry pick the ones you find the most appealing? leave a comment and tell us!

fnaf books in order

Five Nights at Freddy’s books in order

We got a list with all the Fnaf books in order and that includes the graphic novels as well. This book series is based on the videogame by the same name, known as the Five Nights at Freddy’s. These novels are must-read if you enjoyed this franchise.

Here not only we will tell you how many Fnaf books are there, but you’ll be able to get them both individually or in the most complete book sets. Let’s see where you should begin to start reading these books.

Fnaf books in order, what is the best way to read them?

There’s multiple Five Night at Freddys book series, because of this, it might be quite chaotic to begin reading these novels without the proper information. So here’s a quick tutorial to start these books. The first Fnaf book you should read is Silver Eyes, the first novel in the original series. This trilogy is the best start for delving into these stories. Here you have all the original Five Nights at Freddy’s books in order:

You can either get them individually, or you can get this great book set that collects the 3 of them for a great price:

Next, you should read the Fazbear Frights series, which is composed of 12 volumes. Here you have the Fnaf books in order for this series:

Do you want to get the complete series? then there’s this Fnaf book set. It includes an exclusive paper back book, Felix the Shark, which is not available individually (you can get it only in Kindle Format).

Still itching for more fnaf book series? nice, because there’s another one. The Tales from the Pizzaplex, which is composed of the following novels:

You can tell that the Fnaf books are scary just by taking a look at their book covers isn’t it?

Fnaf graphic novels in order

If you found the Five Night at Freddy’s books to look spooky then don’t even stare at the graphic novel covers, because they make the first ones underwhelming in comparison. So far, there’s two series in this format.

The original trilogy , as it should. Here’s the original Five Nights at Freddy’s graphic novels in order:

There’s also a graphic novel version of the Fazbear Frights series. So far there’s only two volumes but, seeing how popular these books are, we are confident that all the fnaf books with be released in this format as well.

Here you have these Fnaf graphic novels in order of publication (which is how you should read them):

Don’t you find these covers way more shocking? we told you they were, the art in these illustrations is at another level for sure.

You will enjoy the Fnaf books if…

Fnaf graphic novels in order
Fnaf graphic novels in order

If you have played the videogames you definitely have to give these books a chance. Five Nights at Freddy’s is an indie video game series designed, created and published by Scott Cawthon.

In the games the player takes the role of a nightime security guard who has to check the security cameras in a pizza restaurant (Freddy’s) known for its animatronic fluffy robots. It would seem like an easy job, if it wasn’t for the fact that five of these animatronics will come to life during the night, and they will try to kill you. Which you might agree is quite a nuisance.

However, this does not imply that you can enjoy these novels if you haven’t played the videogames. The premise of this story is quite simple, there’s a pizzeria that is sort of haunted, in which there are some animatronic robots that get alive during the night and have quite a killer instinct. By knowing this you are more than ready to go.

Now that you have Five Nights at Freddy’s books in order you can start reading this series. Also, if you like fun books you can check the Dog Man books in order.

What are Five Nights at Freddys books about? discovering the Fnaf books

five nights at freddys books in order
Five Nights at Freddys books in order

The first novel of this series centers of a group of children who want to know more about the mistery surrounding the Freddy Fazbear’s Pizz restaurant. However, even though both the videogames and the novels take place in the same universe, the books are not one hundred per cent accurate to the original source.

List of all the Fnaf books in order of publication

The following list collects all the Five Night at Freedy’s in order, by following this guide you’ll make sure you haven’t skipped any books in the series.

Fnaf books in order

Five Nights at Freddy's – Scott Cawthon

Ingredients

  • Scholastic

Instructions

  • Silver Eyes (Fnaf book 1)
  • The Twisted Ones (Fnaf book 2)
  • The Fourth Closet (Fnaf book 3)
  • Into the Pit (Fnaf Fazbear Frights book 1)
  • Fetch (Fnaf Fazbear Frights book 2)
  • 1:35 AM (Fnaf Fazbear Frights book 3)
  • Step Closer (Fnaf Fazbear Frights book 4)
  • Bunny Call (Fnaf Fazbear Frights book 5)
  • Black Bird (Fnaf Fazbear Frights book 6)
  • The Cliffs (Fnaf Fazbear Frights book 7)
  • Gumdrop Angel (Fnaf Fazbear Frights book 8)
  • The Puppet Carver (Fnaf Fazbear Frights book 9)
  • Friendly Face (Fnaf Fazbear Frights book 10)
  • Prankster (Fnaf Fazbear Frights book 11)
  • Felix the Shark (Fnaf Fazbear Frights book 12)
  • Lally’s Game (Fnaf Tales from the Pizzaplex book 1)
  • HAPPS (Fnaf Tales from the Pizzaplex book 2)
  • Somniphobia (Fnaf Tales from the Pizzaplex book 3)
  • Submechanophobia (Fnaf Tales from the Pizzaplex book 4

You might be wondering how violent and scary these book are, the recommended reading age for both Fnaf books and graphic novels is over 10 years old, that is, there’s no gore scenes or extremelly violent content. However, bear in mind that these books are about some animatronic robots who want to kill those who dare entry their pizza store, a premise that implies a certain level of violence.

Will you read the Fnaf books in order or will you start with the one whose cover has captivated you the most? tell us if you have played the videogames first and if they scared you. Also, we are really curious to know if you are going to read the graphic novels or the books so, please, leave a comment and tell us!

Harry Hole books in order

Harry Hole series in order

We collected all the Harry Hole books in order by Jo Nesbo, this incredibly popular series by author Jo Nesbo tells us about a Norwegian detective who is as brilliant as willing to self-destruct. This international bestseller has been translated into several languages and has sold millions of copies worldwide.

The good news is, that there are many crimes to solve by this flawed detective, so you’ll have plenty of entertainment. let’s see how you should read these novels.

Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole books in order

Here you have the Harry Hole series in order of publication (which is how we recommend you read these novels). You can get any of these books by author Jo Nesbo by clicking on their cover:

There’s quite a lot, don’t you think? and there’s more to come! there’s going to be another book in the series. We already know its title, Killing Moon, and its release date (May 2023).

Also, if you want to start reading the novels by Jo Nesbo then this book set might be a great starting point:

It’s worth mentioning that the books included in the box set shown above are not the first 8 volumes in the series. In fact, this is just a compilation of Jo Nesbo’s books, which means that not all of them belong to the Harry Hole series. Despite this, it happens to be quite a cheap set, so it might serve you as a base to start collecting the books by this author.

Now that you know the order of the Harry Hole books don’t miss these series

There are never enough crimes to solve, don’t you think? we do! that’s why here are some series that have a similar tone to the Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo:

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One of our suggestions is Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar series, people who enjoy the Harry Hole novels usually enjoy these books as well so make sure you give them a chance. It also happens to be quite long and is composed of more than 10 volumes.

We also believe you’ll fancy the popular novels by author Lee Child, so here’s a list with the Jack Reacher books in order.

What is this series about?

Harry Hole series in order
Harry Hole series in order

The Harry Hole series by Jo Nestbo tells us about a young brilliant detective from Norway. He is a tortured man who has an interesting backstory (you’ll have to read the books to know about it). In summary, he’s just a mess, however, he has a talent for solving crimes.

Funnily, the first two novels in the series don’t take place in Norway but in Australia and Thailand respectively. However, in both cases, the crime to solve is related to a murder of a Norwegian citizen.

While the general opinion is that the first 2 books are not the most compelling, and knowing that all these novels are self-conclusive, it might be tempting to skip those. However, we strongly advise you to read the Harry Hole books in order of publication, therefore, not skipping The Bat and Cockroaches, this way you’ll see how the main character’s personality develops along the series.

The characters in the story are usually relatable, however, there’s a high chance they will end up dead in the next chapter so don’t get too attached to any of them. Additionally, the plot in the Harry Hole novels is usually complex and well built, Jo Nesbo has an innate ability to create intricate thrilling stories with plenty of mysteries that will gradually unravel.

List of the Harry Hole books in order by Jo Nesbo

Here’s a list of the Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo in order of publication, as said before, it is not concluded and so far it’s composed of 13 volumes. However, since each of these books is self-conclusive, you don’t have to wait for the next installment to start reading it.

Harry Hole books in order

Harry Hole – Jo Nesbo

Ingredients

  • Vintage Crime

Instructions

  • The Bat (Harry Hole book 1)
  • Cockroaches (Harry Hole book 2)
  • The Redbreast (Harry Hole book 3)
  • Nemesis (Harry Hole book 4)
  • The Devil’s Star (Harry Hole book 5)
  • Redeemer (Harry Hole book 6)
  • The Snowman (Harry Hole book 7)
  • The Leopard (Harry Hole book 8)
  • Phantom (Harry Hole book 9)
  • Police (Harry Hole book 10)
  • The Thirst (Harry Hole book 11)
  • Knife (Harry Hole book 12)
  • Killing Moon (Harry Hole book 13)

We already included book 13 in the list. Also, we are positive that there are even more novels to come. Why are we so sure? Because this series happens to be a huge bestseller! people want to know more about detective Harry Hole, so it’s more than likely that there will be new releases soon.

Also, are you in search of more books to read? then don’t miss this list of books like Jack Reacher. We are confident you’ll have a blast reading any of these suggestions.

Will you read the Harry Hole book series in order or will you skip to the one novel that captivates you the most? tell us how you are going to approach this popular serial killer series.

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